I’ll try to keep this as brief because Emma has threatened to kick me under the table if I start waffling.
Before I start with my thankyous I would like to point out the fun cameras on your tables.
Please can you take some pictures for us. We will send you a copy of any good pictures.
No pictures of moonies, Jamie!
So on behalf of my wife and I, we would like to thank you all for coming here today and sharing our special day. Thank you for your kind wishes, cards and presents. We hope you are all enjoying it as much as we are.
When we got engaged, I was really surprised at the number of married men advising me not to get married.
Don’t worry, those people will remain nameless today. I am open to bribes though.
The thing that worried me the most was last Saturday when I was mowing the lawn and Emma said to me,
“Make sure you use the circuit breaker……… you don’t get out of it that easily!”
I can think of a million reasons why I want to get married but I think the thing that really clinched the decision for me, was the fact we could get Emma's dad to pay for a big booze-up.
I would like to thank Emma’s Mum and Dad for bringing up such a beautiful, intelligent daughter. I’ll leave you to argue over which trait comes from who.
Thanks for all your help with the wedding and with our house.
I think that the only way I can repay you is by making your daughter as happy as I can.
Many of you may have been wondering why we have had such a long engagement.
The main reason is that it has taken Emma this long to persuade me to have pigs on top of the wedding cake. We have Emma’s mum to thank for making the cake.
We think that you’ve done a fantastic job and we’ve got you some flowers to say thanks.
I also want to say thank-you to my Mum. Thanks for all your support throughout my education and for your help towards the cost of wedding.
Thank you for your endurance when I was going through my “Kevin the teenager phase” which Emma would argue - I am still in.
As a token of our appreciation we have some flowers for you.
As I’m sure Emma will tell you, I am often wrong. But in marrying Emma, I know I have made the right decision.
So I would like to say thank you to my bride. You are beautiful, intelligent, supporting, kind, funny, caring…………. Sorry I can’t read your writing, what does that word say.
you have made today the best day of my life. You’re my best friend and I love you to bits. I hope that I can make you as happy as you make me.
Thank you to Jonny for being my best man, well the best that I could get at short notice anyway. I know he’s been really nervous about making his speech today.
But I’ve seen you make a fool of yourself in front of a crowd every Saturday night for ten years. So just imagine your in the pub now mate.
But the kind of pub that you keep your trousers on!
I have a gift for you which I suggest you open now. Dutch courage!
Its your turn next mate…………. tough audience!
I'd like to thank the Pageboy Sam. Doesn’t he look handsome today?
Actually he looks too handsome. It's an un-written rule at weddings no-one is allowed to look more handsome than the groom. Fortunately we’ve not had the same problem with the ushers.
Sam, Carl, Pres and Matt. If you would like to come up here, we have some presents for you all.
My last thank-you is to the seven beautiful bridesmaids. You all look stunning. We have a small gift for each of you as a token of our appreciation.
Please can you form an orderly queue at the end of the table. (Read out names)
Finally I would like you all to stand and join me in a toast to the bridesmaids.